Caught in the Rain

Last night, Naomi and I went to an organ concert by Jan Kraybill at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City. What was unusual during the event was not that audience members forgot to turn off their cell phones, but the number of weather warnings the cell phones emitted. Just before the last number, security came on stage to stop the concert and to ask the audience to shelter in place as they had just received a tornado warning. As we were waiting the storm to pass, the Director of the Kansas City Symphony and Jan Kraybill came on stage to tell stories about their career and the history of the organ. When the warning was lifted, we were treated not only to the last number of the program, but also a rousing encore. Fortunately, the tornado never materialized. Click on the image for a larger view.


The Peck’s building, or more accurately the former George B. Peck Dry Goods Company Building, is a Kansas City landmark. Peck’s closed in 1964 and the building now houses a bank. While the molded white facade is impressive, which can be seen in the crown of the building, the faded logo is iconic. This early 20th-century commercial-style architecture is on the National Register for Historic Places. Click on the image for a larger view.

Western Auto

The Western Auto building is an iconic Kansas City landmark, much in the same way the Flatiron building is in New York City. Originally built for the Coca-Cola Company, it is on the National Register of Historical Places. Click on the image for a larger view.

River Market

Every weekend, a farmer’s market is held in the aptly named River Market neighborhood of Kansas City. Along with a large selection of food, many come to sell an eclectic mix of goods: plants, handmade soap, jewelry, and antiques. Click on the image for a larger view.

First Friday, Kansas City

Kansas City celebrates the first Friday of every month by holding an art festival in its Crossroads district. Galleries are open to the public. Performers and musicians are on the streets. And three blocks are closed for rows of food trucks. Kansas City barbecue, the local delicacy, is represented heavily on the menu. Click on the image for a larger view.